• Martin Kippenberger, Ohne Titel (Selbstporträt), 1975/76, Privatsammlung © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, 1/4 Jhdt. Kippenberger als einer von Euch, unter Euch, mit Euch, Berlin, 1978, Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. © Foto: Simon Vogel, Köln © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Ich kann beim besten Willen kein Hakenkreuz entdecken, 1984, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Das Ende des Alphabets, 1989, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. © Foto: A. Burger, Zürich © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Ohne Titel (aus der Serie Fred the frog), 1990, Privatsammlung © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Zuerst die Füße, 1990, Sammlung Stolitzka, Graz. © Foto: Helga Krobath, Wien © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Martin, ab in die Ecke und schäm Dich, 1990, Privatsammlung, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. © Foto: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Ohne Titel (aus der Serie Hand Painted Pictures), 1992, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Kasperle XIII (Porträt Rainald Götz), 1993, Privatsammlung. © Foto: studio be, Thomas Berger, St. Georgen © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Ohne Titel, 1995, Privatsammlung © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, L’Atelier Matisse sous-loué à Spiderman, Galerie Soardi, Nizza 1996, Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Andrea Stappert, Martin Kippenberger im Atelier Lindenstraße, Köln 1985 © Andrea Stappert
  • Martin Kippenberger, Ohne Titel (Selbstporträt), 1975/76, Privatsammlung © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, 1/4 Jhdt. Kippenberger als einer von Euch, unter Euch, mit Euch, Berlin, 1978, Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. © Foto: Simon Vogel, Köln © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Ich kann beim besten Willen kein Hakenkreuz entdecken, 1984, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Das Ende des Alphabets, 1989, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. © Foto: A. Burger, Zürich © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Ohne Titel (aus der Serie Fred the frog), 1990, Privatsammlung © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Zuerst die Füße, 1990, Sammlung Stolitzka, Graz. © Foto: Helga Krobath, Wien © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Martin, ab in die Ecke und schäm Dich, 1990, Privatsammlung, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. © Foto: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Ohne Titel (aus der Serie Hand Painted Pictures), 1992, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Kasperle XIII (Porträt Rainald Götz), 1993, Privatsammlung. © Foto: studio be, Thomas Berger, St. Georgen © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, Ohne Titel, 1995, Privatsammlung © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Martin Kippenberger, L’Atelier Matisse sous-loué à Spiderman, Galerie Soardi, Nizza 1996, Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • Andrea Stappert, Martin Kippenberger im Atelier Lindenstraße, Köln 1985 © Andrea Stappert
  • MARTIN KIPPENBERGER // Videopodcast ©

Martin Kippenberger

08.09.2016 - 27.11.2016

Martin Kippenberger (born 1953 in Dortmund, died 1997 in Vienna) is one of the most important and simultaneously controversial artists of the twentieth century. “Self-promoter”, “enfant terrible”, art-punk”, “bogey of the bourgeoisie”, “unique artist” – the labels stamped on Kippenberger are as numerous as they are vacuous, but nearly always concentrate on the artist’s exceptional personality. Kippenberger’s complex work embracing painting, drawing, object art, writing, photography, installation and performance, also collecting and curatorial activities, leads all platitudes about being an artist and the art business by the nose. Humorously and mercilessly, Kippenberger lampoons the genius cult, “painter heroes”, art criticism and Christian iconography just as he does likewise with concept and minimal art. His art pivots on dialogue and communication. The autumn exhibition of the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien is devoted for the first time after the major Kippenberger-retrospectives in the London Tate, the New York MoMA and the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin to a single aspect: the medium of “language”, which Kippenberger favoured throughout his oeuvre. His manic work tempo, the habit of integrating “everything and everyone” into his artistic work, also a unique ability to get scent of the contradictions in the zeitgeist, break ground primarily through language – on the level of the picture title, as text in picture, the pun and the bad joke, misunderstanding, the slogan, as rhyme or also in the form of artists’ books, stickers and posters. “I’m more of a representative than anything else. Sell and communicate ideas. I am after all far more for people than just someone who paints pictures,” said Martin Kippenberger, who, with language as the nucleus of his art, is aligned in the tradition of Dada and concrete poetry.

The exhibition is being produced in close cooperation with the Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain/Cologne.


Curator: Lisa Ortner-Kreil
 

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